The mission of the Ormstown Festigloo organizers is simple—they love winter and they “want people to get together and have fun” while enjoying the season.
Though the organizers were admittedly disappointed with the hurdles to overcome, the event went on as planned for those who decided to venture out into the rain. Many of the scheduled activities had to be cancelled, but the various activities that could be conducted under the shelter of the tent still took place. The beat of the music pouring out of the speakers helped lift people’s spirits as well as the food and beverages sold at the canteen and the prizes that were being handed out. The band, Tam Tams, which had been arranged to play at Festigloo played instead at Pub Lambton last weekend as they were unable to take part in the festivities this weekend at the Rec Centre grounds, which became Festigloo’s home for the event.
It is a dent in the pockets of the organizers, since they take care of funding the event themselves. However, they do it because they want people to have fun and that’s what makes it worth it for them. Gennevieve Wiszniewski, one of the organizers said, “We know it can work” because last year’s event was such a success. When planning this year, they looked at what worked and what didn’t from last year and revamped many of the activities. Attendees may not have gotten to experience many of them, but if they are patient, the opportunity will roll around again. The rain clearly didn’t wash away the organizers’ determination. When asked about the future of the event, Wiszniewski exclaimed without a moment’s hesitation and with a big smile, “We’re going to do it again next year!” Hopefully with a little more cooperation from Mother Nature, though.
The rain didn’t succeed in dampening their spirits entirely and Gennevieve Wiszniewski, Jonathan Guerin, Marcel Yelle, and Gaetan Langlois were among the small crowd gathered for the event, smiling and joking around under the tent with the other regulars who attend the event rain or shine. A big bonfire was also blazing nearby to bring warmth and light to such a gloomy day. Regardless of the much smaller than anticipated attendance, the event went out with a bang as fireworks took place at 6:15 p.m.